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2014 Holiday Home Tour

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Welcome to my home. Please come in.

I love this time of the year. It's time to put up the Christmas tree, decorate the mantle, string lights outside and get ready for the season.

Every year I enjoy being invited inside the homes of friends and neighbors to see how they decorate their home for the holidays. I love to gather inspiration and ideas for my own home. 

Every year I'm inspired by what I see and love to make small changes to the decor in my own home. It keeps the look each year fresh and new. 

Let's start in the foyer. 

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I purchased this 1960's vintage aluminum pom-pom tree off of eBay several years ago.  I was looking for something to go with the antique glass Christmas balls that belonged to my mother in law. I love this tree. 

Aluminum sleigh filled with antique ornaments.

Aluminum sleigh filled with antique ornaments.

This is easy Do-It-Yourself garland for the staircase.

This is easy Do-It-Yourself garland for the staircase.

My staircase banister is strung with traditional pine artificial garland. You can buy 9-foot garland at any Walmart or Michael's craft store for about $4 a strand. Then I intertwined holly berry garland for about $4 a strand and lights around the traditional pine garland. I bought a few spools of wired-edge Christmas ribbon and made small bows (Instructions here) and attached them onto the garland every foot or so. I'm sure I saved over $80 creating this look myself rather than purchasing pre-lit decorated garland. 

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I love to be able to look at the Christmas cards we receive every year displayed rather than collecting them in a basket. I attached Christmas ribbon to the French doors of my den and attached Christmas cards with miniature clothespins.

I've also seen friends display their holiday cards on their decorated staircases or hanging from twine or ribbon below their festive mantles. Just look around to see where in your home you can display the cards for everyone to see.

Every day throughout December my family loves to come home and find the new cards that have arrived in the mail.

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My family prefers to put up a pre-lit artificial Christmas tree. We tuck our tree into the corner of our living room so you can see the twinkle lights from the roadway. Ornaments from my and my husband's childhoods hang on the tree as well as two very special memorial ornaments that remind us of his mom and dad.

This angel represents my mother-in-law perfectly.

This angel represents my mother-in-law perfectly.

Lots of ornaments representing the kids, our vacations and things we love. GO BUCKS!

Lots of ornaments representing the kids, our vacations and things we love. GO BUCKS!

A hand painted hollow egg given to my husband and me by a former employee.  The detail is exquisite.

A hand painted hollow egg given to my husband and me by a former employee.  The detail is exquisite.

Sprinkled on the other branches include ornaments my children have made and others we've received as gifts. Every ornament on my tree has a special meaning and was given to us by someone we love. Our tree is topped with the jolly elf himself and hard wired-edge ribbon serves as garland. In the past, I have used beaded gold and red garland. Over the years I have gathered plenty of Christmas supplies and love to interchange the look depending on what inspires me.

This manger scene has passed down through the family.

This manger scene has passed down through the family.

A vase filled with green glass ornaments and a Hummel manger scene we inherited.

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A square tile of Santa created by my son when he was a 3rd grader. 

I love the pops of reds and greens to brighten up the mantle.

I love the pops of reds and greens to brighten up the mantle.

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Red and green serve as the foundation colors for the mantle. Monogrammed classic Pottery Barn stockings in alternating colors hang on Santa's sleigh and reindeer. Floral rose pots and berry topiaries in varying heights accompany an angel in pewter. Holly and red berry garland and twinkling lights line the mantle. A snowy dusted red berry wreath hangs from the mirror and serves as the centerpiece of my mantle. Festive and cozy.

The mantle wouldn't be complete without this angel towering over.

The mantle wouldn't be complete without this angel towering over.

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These vine balls work perfectly in my black urns that flank my front door.

Grapevine balls covered in ribbon make the perfect urn decoration.

Grapevine balls covered in ribbon make the perfect urn decoration.

My home at twilight. 

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